To make iPhone and other Apple device owners into revealing their iCloud login credentials, scammers have figured out a new way.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in a new blog post warned that the scammers have found out a new way to make iPhone and other Apple device owners into revealing their iCloud login credentials. Someone may call you for claiming that some “suspicious activities” may have put your Apple iCloud account at risk and you are needed to talk to an Apple customer support executive to verify your personal details and lock your ID.
It may sound quite frightening to the scammers. He or she will ask you to press 1 or call a different phone number to fix the issue, after the so-called support executive alerts you about the possible suspicious activities on your iCloud account. Then you or any user should not press 1 or dial any other number.
An interesting twist also present on the scam, the user gets a recorded message that says there’s been suspicious activity in your Apple iCloud account. FTC in its blog post said that they can say your account may have been breached.
It is a very easy and simple scam. Frighten people, ask them to reverify their accounts and in between this process steal their personal information, including iCloud login credentials and banking details. In these calls they mostly ask you for your credit or debit card details and under no situations should you reveal these details to anyone over a call. In reality, an authentic customer support executive will never ask you for any personal information or banking details ever.
To steal iCloud login details from owners of lost iPhones, scammers are also resorting to phishing scams. To protect their iPhone most iPhone owners use the Find My service, in case it is lost or misplaced. It is very natural to lock it by marking the device as lost by visiting the iCloud.com website, when someone loses their iPhone.
It is remotely locked with a passcode, when an iPhone is marked as lost and you can display a custom message with your phone number on your missing device’s Lock screen. As the custom message on the lost iPhone displays a phone number, then an SMS sent by the scammers to that phone number with a link to a phishing website which looks exactly like the iCloud website. Hello, your lost reported iPhone has been found, the message displays. Along with the link to the phishing website also displays “Click here to view the location”.
A fake iCloud website which looks absolutely similar to the original one, will open when the moment you click on this link to see the location of your lost iPhone and tell you to login with your password. Your login information, simply stolen by this phishing website and forwards it to the scammers so that they are able to unlock your lost iPhone and use it.